Installer Training with WG&D Masonry

WG&D Masonry is a very expe­ri­enced masonry con­trac­tor based in the Dallas/​Fort Worth area with projects across the United States, including 67 Lifetime Fitness clubs. Their company recently went through the Bautex Installer Program and learned how Bautex Block differs from tra­di­tion­al block con­struc­tion. Joe Gray, Vice President of WG&D Masonry, was impressed by how quickly his team caught onto working with Bautex Block, and the straight­for­ward­ness of the installer training.

Bautex was really helpful on giving us a heads up about how to pour concrete, work around the door jambs using a chainsaw, and how to support it with plywood to ensure a smooth and fast concrete pour,” Gray said. We really appre­ci­at­ed how the Bautex trainer answered all of our questions.”

These different instal­la­tion methods are sometimes met with initial appre­hen­sion from longtime masons used to working with tra­di­tion­al block con­struc­tion. The Bautex Installer Program is focused on the speed and effi­cien­cy of the unique attrib­ut­es of the Bautex Block itself. While it uses the same trades to install the block, primarily masons and concrete con­trac­tors, they can quickly see and pick up the tech­niques of the instal­la­tion. Having a chance to expe­ri­ence the block, those that have been trained quickly lose any appre­hen­sion around using the block for the first time.

For example, many are surprised to learn that the block can be cut in place using a chainsaw or rec­i­p­ro­cat­ing saw, a tool that is not typically part of a mason’s supplies. Bautex Block does not require years of expe­ri­ence with an electric masonry saw, a very time consuming aspect of a tra­di­tion­al block wall con­struc­tion. After a few practice cuts, WG&D masons were prepared to use the technique.

Our product feels a lot like tra­di­tion­al masonry in the sense that it’s solid, yet the speed and sim­plic­i­ty achieved is what makes the product a dream to install for masons,” said Duane Holloway, Bautex Con­struc­tion Support Manager. Fewer highly skilled laborers are needed and con­trac­tors won’t need much new equipment.”

The Bautex Installer Program is specif­i­cal­ly designed to address any concerns by con­trac­tors utilizing Bautex Block for the first time. Once trained, con­trac­tors are suddenly aware of the inherent benefits that will help them bid, predict instal­la­tion times, and turn a profit. The sim­plic­i­ty of the block and the under­stand­ing of the time-saving instal­la­tion tech­niques reduce the risk of trying something new, meaning that those trained will not want to walk away from a Bautex Block project. There are already several con­trac­tors across Texas trained and ready to work on projects utilizing Bautex Block.